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The two essays in this booklet reflect the spirit and ideas of Francis Christensen, specifically his exhortations to composition teachers, illustrated by his own practice, to approach the teaching of writing inductively, to look always to the writing of professionals for models, and to behave as scholars. The first essay, on sentence modelling, describes an instructional approach during which students examine variations of the cumulative sentences in scores of sentences written by a number of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Educational Theories, Higher Education, Induction, Models, Paragraph Composition,...
Although the nature of topicalization is complex and cannot be easily separated from considerations of syntactic structure and sentence focus, analysis of language usage has indicated that topicalization is more a stylistic than a syntactic process. Topicalization refers to moving a noun phrase (NP) into the initial position of a sentence. Examples of language use demonstrate that speakers and writers often use passive constructions as part of their rhetorical strategies because the passive...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Audiences, Discourse Analysis, Language Styles, Literary Devices, Nouns, Sentence...
A study examined the effect of word processing on the amount and kind of planning writers do. Subjects, 10 experienced writers and 10 student writers, wrote essays with pen and paper, word processing alone, and a combination of word processing and pen and paper. All students were experienced with computers. The subjects' think-aloud protocols and planning notes were analyzed. Results indicated that: (1) there was less planning with word processing; (2) there was less conceptual planning and...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Higher Education, Planning, Protocol Analysis, Word Processing, Writing Processes,...
For use by teachers in helping students become better writers, this booklet describes and illustrates cognitive mapping, a prewriting technique that helps students combine their verbal and visual skills in order to produce ideas and to plan stories, plays, reports, or essays. The first section of the booklet discusses the interrelations between writing and thinking and explains how mapping can help students recall, organize, and structure their ideas. The second section, which comprises the...
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The rhetorical inventions of Kenneth Burke can help writers gain new perspectives on their topics and can put new life into the process of learning to write. The pentad, Burke's instrument for interpreting actual and potential motives, can help develop lines of thought that might never occur without some such model. Other inventional systems such as exploring the limits of agreement with the thesis, finding the complex in the simple, expanding the circumference, and translation afford...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Discourse Analysis, English Instruction, Models, Rhetoric, Rhetorical Criticism,...
Rhetoric is the most important of the writer's tools, and structure in writing is not being taught in the classroom. Structures of writing are the archetypal patterns of perception and grow out of the very structure of the human mind. Structure is imposed on the writer who wants to communicate by the reader's capacity to perceive. The analytical part of the mind uses structure as a tool for understanding in both reading and thinking. Structure is a critical tool and a creative tool as well as a...
Topics: ERIC Archive, College Freshmen, Creative Writing, Expository Writing, Grammar, Higher Education,...
Intended for the reluctant writer who finds writing difficult or is unable to put ideas on paper, this guide examines the characteristics of the reluctant writer and suggests strategies for teachers to use when dealing with these characteristics. It also reviews the writing process, categorizes the reluctant writer according to grade level, and provides appropriate writing activities for each level. Each activity contains (1) a statement of its objective, (2) a list of materials needed, (3) the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Elementary Secondary Education, Teaching Methods, Writing Exercises, Writing...
Prepared by educators, theoreticians, and researchers, the papers in this collection address the connections and interdependencies between writing and cognition. The 24 papers deal with the following topics: (1) rhetoric and romanticism; (2) cognitive immaturity and remedial college writers; (3) current brain research and the composing process; (4) recovering and discovering treasures of the mind; (5) understanding composing; (6) written products and the composing process; (7) modes of thinking...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Adult Basic Education, Cerebral Dominance, Cognitive Processes, Computers, Creative...
Historians of rhetoric have generally accepted the view that Adam Smith rejected the principles of classical rhetoric. However, while there can be no doubt that Smith greatly truncated the five classical arts of rhetoric (invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery) by reducing his concerns largely to style and arrangement, he did not reject a second major rhetorical tradition that has its roots in Aristotelian rhetoric. This tradition is called the communication tradition and views...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Communication (Thought Transfer), Discourse Analysis, Language Role, Language Styles,...
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